Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: The Kangaroo Dyer Gail Callahan and color grids!
Gail Callahan, aka the Kangaroo Dyer, does many things. She started off as a weaver is the 80’s and after her kids went to college Steve Elkin of Webs invited her to work in the shop. After she started working in the retail store, she brought in a blanket that she and her husband bought at a craft fair. Gail asked if they carried the yarn in the shop and they did, but it only came in white, no colors. She wove a few blankets in white and then was talking with Barbara Elkin who suggested that she dye it (and told her she had to learn anyway because she was going to do a demo). Then, Kathy and Steve asked her to try dying some of the Valley Yarn line at Webs and that is how she really got started dying.
Since then she has written a book about dying yarn called Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece from Storey publishing. She got to write the book by chance. A woman came into Webs with her undyed fleece and said she way scared to dye it. Gail invited her over to her studio and after showing her how to dye, the woman (who was an editor at Storey) suggested she write a book. Like teaching the editor, Gail is able to really show who easy dying can be. It doesn’t have to be difficult.
In addition to the book, Gail also recently came out with the Color Grid. The Color Grid is an extension of the color choosing section of the Hand Dyeing book. Gail likens the original color wheel concept as an analog clock and the color grid as a digital clock. The grid seems to make more sense to many people than a color wheel. The grid works by showing how the family’s of color work together. Gail has a nice video on the Color Grid website (link below) that explains how you use the grid. The basic idea is that the colors are laid out in a grid. The large circle on the template is the main color and the smaller circles around it are in the same family and would go well together. The bar is several grid squares away and shows a good complimentary color to the main color family. The Color Grid doesn’t have to be used only for dyeing, it is great for picking out yarn for a project or paint for a painting and many other crafts.
In addition to the books, Gail also teaches at Webs and fiber events around the country. She also sells her hand-dyed yarn on her website and on Etsy. Her exclusive Valley Yarn colors are available from Webs. She also does a yarn club that you should be able to sign up for soon (keep a watch on her website).
Listen in below to hear everything Marly and Gail talked about today!
Important links from today’s show:
- Gail’s website (you can buy yarn and books here), KangarooDyer.com
- The Color Grid website
- Gail’s Etsy shop webpage
- The Kangaroo Dyer Facebook page
- The Kangaroo Dyer yarn on Webs
And we can’t forget the Giveaway!! As always, leave a comment below with Gail’s keyword for your own chance to win a copy of Gail’s book!
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